NASA has introduced an online repository ofÂ free and open data from Earth observation satellites as part of efforts to promote commercial use of such information.
TheÂ Remote Sensing ToolkitÂ is built through NASA’s Technology Transfer program and designed to help users find data orÂ software codes for theirÂ research, business and conservation projects, the agencyÂ said Thursday.
Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer program executive, said he hopes the new tool will encourage innovation among entrepreneurs and drive commercialization of agency-built technology.
The agency plans to conduct a tutorial on how to use the online database.
Prior to the toolkit release, NASA produced the subscription-based Spinoff LandViewerÂ software to provide information about corn vegetation on a daily basis.
The Technology Transfer program aims to offer public access to technology platforms that can aid in space exploration and discovery missions.